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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Successful Self-Publishing

Continuing to clean out my Blogger drafts garage (Blogger cuts me off at month's end): consider self-publishing, especially if you have written nonfiction or a book for your family (memoir, family history) or one to give away, or just because you want it (hobby publishing).

Dr. Carol Buchanen offers some of the best guidance I've seen in Successful Self-Publishing: Asking the Right Questions at the Self-Publishing Review site.  Don't miss the subsequent two parts of this informative series.  She covers:

The Six Phases of Publishing

Entering self-publishing, I confess to some advantages. I had already published, I had worked in the publishing industry and in print shops, and I had taught newspaper editing at the college level. As a result, I understood the publishing process and could ask questions relevant to each phase of it.
A book goes through six phases before it ends up on a reader’s bookshelf:
  • Writing the book
  • Acquiring the book (We self-publishers can skip this one.)
  • Editing and Designing the book (Known as Pre-Production)
  • Manufacturing the book (Known as Production)
  • Marketing & Promoting the book
  • Distributing the book to those who want to sell or read it
We self-publishers have to do all of the above, or contract for it to be done.

Along with following Carol's suggestions, I recommend material available from the SP guru, Dan Poynter, Mark Levine's book on The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, Keith Howick's Blow Us Away!: Publishers' Secrets for Successful Manuscripts, Paul Krupkin's Trash-Proof Press Releases (free at Smashwords, I think) and Ink Tree Marketing's FREE eBook: 101 Things You Need to Know About Publishing.

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Blogger Rebecca said...

Now I have to do more reading... thanks for the suggestions, always helpful

10:42 AM  
Blogger ElizabethR said...

Thanks Geo. I'm thinking of going that route myself with one of my stories.

8:11 PM  

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